If you are travelling to England for an abortion, Abortion Support Network may be able to offer you:
- Information about the least expensive way to arrange your travel and procedure
- Financial assistance
- Information about other organisations who may be able to help
Please call, text or email us to get more information, or discuss your circumstances. February 2017. Currently clinics in England are experiencing unprecedented demand. If you are unable to obtain an appointment at a UK clinic, we will be able to help you travel to Brussels, Belgium or Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
On this page:
- What happens when you contact us
- Advice before you call us
- About the help we offer
- Need to cover your tracks?
What happens when you contact us
- An ASN volunteer will speak with you, or call/email you back
- ASN will assess your needs and provide confidential, non-judgmental information and advice
If you decide to travel for an abortion:
- Please do not book travel until you have spoken with ASN
- If a grant is awarded, ASN pays the clinic directly, reducing the amount you pay
- You arrange your procedure and travel
- ASN will arrange for one of our hosts to house you (if needed)
- The host will provide a place to stay, meals while you are with them, and may travel with you to or from the clinic
- If you access an abortion after using our service, one of our team may follow up with you 4-6 weeks later to see how things went.
Advice before you call us
- Try to call us before you’ve booked your appointment and travel to England, especially if you don’t have enough money to pay for your appointment and flights. We can’t guarantee that we will have enough funds to support every woman who contacts us.
- If you call us before you book your appointment, we may be able to give information such as which clinics have the lowest fees, and the most cost effective method of travel from where you are.
- If we are able to provide you with financial assistance or accommodation, we will need to obtain some information from you, including your name, how far along you are, and your financial circumstances. Your communication with ASN volunteers is non-judgmental and confidential and we will not share any of your details other than if we need to arrange funding with a clinic.
- ASN volunteers are not doctors or counsellors, so we are not qualified to give medical information about abortion or help you to make your decision. There are reputable organisations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man who can talk to you confidentially and give you unbiased information on all your options, including travelling abroad for an abortion. See our list of other organisations who may be able to help.
- We will do our best to return all voicemails, texts and emails within three days. However, given the large number of women who contact us and the fact that we have limited resources, we may not be able to return all messages.
- ASN does not ask gender when communicating with clients; nor does gender identity influence grant eligibility.
About the help we offer
ASN is here to help lessen the financial burden of travelling abroad to get a safe and legal abortion. Funding is available from ASN on a case by case basis, depending on your circumstances and availability of funds. We have limited funds, but try and help as many women as we can. Our grants are usually between £100-£200. You do not need to be staying overnight to qualify for a grant.
If you need accommodation in London, Liverpool, Manchester or Birmingham, ASN will assign one of our hosts, who will provide an appropriate sleeping area in their home for you. They will also provide meals and pay local transport costs when you are with them. Our hosts are not able to accommodate children, nor are children allowed at clinics, so you will need to arrange childcare if necessary.
If you are staying the night after your procedure, a host will collect you from the clinic, and take you to their home. When staying the night before a procedure, they will arrange to meet you at a convenient location between the airport and their home. All Abortion Support Network volunteers are carefully interviewed, screened and trained, and believe in a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.
Need to cover your tracks?
If you think someone is monitoring your internet usage, your safest option is to access the internet from a neutral place such as a friend’s house, your work, an internet cafe or local library.
If you don’t want anyone to know that you have visited this (or any) website, you can delete your browser web history or use Private Browsing mode, which does not store any web history. You may also want to delete your search history from Google, or use DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.
Be aware that the owner or administrator of the computer may still be able to monitor websites you visit.
If you want to email us without leaving a copy in your Sent folder, use the form on our Contact Us page.
If you have an itemised bill the phone number will show, but not the name of our organisation. If you need to hide the fact that you’ve called one of our numbers, then consider using an international calling service or a calling card.